Yes, the SC Diet is restrictive, but it doesn't really restrict vegetables and fruit (definitely it forbids grains of any kind). In the beginning of a flare, people are advised not to eat raw vegetables and fruit, but they can eat cooked fruit and vegetables. In any case, when I started the diet, I ate as much cooked (and some raw) vegetables as I wanted and one bowl of fruit per day. I also modified the diet to suit me. For example, I don't eat any of the dairy products allowed on the diet, including the homemade yogurt (I take probiotics instead). Look at this website if you're interested: www.scdiet.org. In regard to weight gain, lucky you! I have gained 10 lbs. +, but I had at least 5 lbs. to gain because I had gotten so skinny pre-prednisone. I tapered down to 20 mg. of prednisone today so, hopefully, my hunger won't be as strong as you reported. The psychological symptoms are the worst, but if prednisone will get me out of this flare, I'll suffer through it.